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Amelia Morton "Millie" BISHOP

1920 - 2015
Amelia Morton "Millie" BISHOP Obituary
BISHOP, Amelia Morton
Amelia "Millie" Morton Bishop passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2015 after ninety-four years of a well-lived life. Millie was born in Dallas, Texas, December 31, 1920. Shortly thereafter, she and her parents, Walter Pierce Morton and Alice Stanton Morton moved to El Paso, Texas. In 1942, Millie earned a BA in English and Journalism from the Texas College of Mines (now University of Texas, El Paso) where she was the first woman editor of the college newspaper.
In the early years of World War II, Millie moved to Southern California and worked as a "cub" reporter " at the Hollywood Citizen News where seasoned colleagues in the newsroom referred to her as "Tex." Later in the war years she joined the thousands of American women working as welders in the defense industry. After moving to New Orleans, Millie worked at the Times-Picayune and broadened her communications portfolio with a brief stint as a radio show host.
By the late 1940's, Millie had returned to Texas and begun to work on her Masters in Religious Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth (degree awarded 1953). From 1953-56 she served on the staff of the Texas Women's Missionary Union as State Young People's Secretary and it was in this capacity that she came to know J. Ivyloy, "Jack," Bishop, former director of national Royal Ambassadors. Millie and Jack married on December 18, 1955, and moved to Plainview, Texas where Dr. Bishop was on faculty at Wayland Baptist College

Millie also taught at Wayland College before beginning a fifteen-year tenure at Plainview High School where she taught journalism and photography developing an award winning newspaper and yearbook program; a number of her students went on to professional careers in photography and journalism.

As a freelance writer, Millie had a publishing career that stretched over five decades with over seventy-five articles in Baptist publications. In addition to early publications with her husband, she also authored a biography of longtime Women's Missionary Union leader Eula Mae Henderson, Her Lengthening Legacy, and served as both author and photographer for two devotional books The Gift and the Giver (1984) and The Flame and the Candle (1987).

From 1984-88, Millie was president of the Women's Missionary Union of Texas and in the years that followed served on a number of committees of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. She was a popular conference leader and speaker in churches and associations throughout Texas, in Minnesota, Utah, and Arizona, as well as conferences in France, Germany, Holland, and Mexico. In 1989, Millie was awarded the Texas Baptist Elder Statesman award by the Baptist General Convention of Texas

In later years, Millie served as a Founding Member of the Baptist Laity Institute and held positions at both the state and national level of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Austin where she has served as a deacon since 1995.

Millie loved to travel; in her ninety-four years she visited countries in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. J. Ivyloy passed away in 1999. Millie is survived by her children, Dan Bishop and his wife Elayne, of Rockport, Maine; Judith Bishop of Alameda, California; and her grandchildren Alex, Catherine, Robert, and Olivia.

The family would like to express thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at St. David's hospital and Westminister Health Care Center.

A celebration of Millie's life and legacy will be held at First Baptist Church of Austin Saturday, September 19, at 2:00 pm. at 2:00 p.m., at 901 Trinity Street Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged to one or more of the following,

Amelia Bishop Women's Ministerial Scholarship at Wayland Baptist University Wayland Baptist University Development 1900 West 7th Street Plainview, Texas 79072

Amelia Bishop Missions Communication Endowment of Texas Women's Missionary Union WMU of Texas 10325 Brockwood Rd Dallas, TX 75238

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2015
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